A Mellow Spring
Dir: Li Han-hsiang Scr: Cheng Kang
Set Design: Chan Ki-yui
Cast: Linda Lin Dai, Chao Lei, Lo Wei
1957 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese dubbed / 87 min
This early Li Han-hsiang film adopts the much exploited genre of “slum-house drama” in the Cantonese Cinema in the 1950s, in which communal spirit is aroused and celebrated among tenants from various walks of life living in the same flat when crisis appears (here, a very pregnant woman on the verge of early delivery) and shakes everyone’s complacency into forming an alliance. Li must have added a touch of his personal experience in which he, King Hu, Sung Chuen-sau (all of whom would become master filmmakers in the years to come) and four other young men shared the same room during the first year they arrived at Hong Kong from China. The uplifting theme is enhanced by Ho Look-ying’s shining black-and-white cinematography and Chan Ki-yui’s meticulous design of the compartmentalized flat on a two-storey building. (Note: The version to be screened is dubbed into Cantonese.)
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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